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Pulisic, Barco, McKennie highlight Italian publication's young player rankings

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The future of both the U.S. Men's National Team and MLS is looking solid, according to Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The publication recently ranked the top 100 players in the world born in 1998 or later and American wonderteen Christian Pulisic clocks in at number two, behind only Paris Saint-Germain and France superstar Kylian Mbappe.

Alfredo sauce, extra pepper

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Don't look now, but Ingolstadt midfielder Alfredo Morales has now scored in consecutive games to take the season lead in our Americans Abroad goal chart in the right column. Not sure I've ever seen him bag one from distance like that before. As with a few other guys overseas, it's probably time we get him back in to US camp.

Eric Lichaj signs new Nottingham Forest contract

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Just when you thought Eric Lichaj's week couldn't get any better, it did on Friday as he signed a new contract with Nottingham Forest until the end of the 2019 campaign.

Lichaj scored a pair of goals in Forest's FA Cup third-round win over Arsenal and then added a dog to his family after he made a bet with his wife public that if he scored a hat-trick, she'd get him a dog.

Landon Donovan comes out of retirement, signs for Club Leon in Liga MX

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Landon Donovan is ending his retirement for a second time and is on his way to Mexico.

The 35-year-old legendary U.S. Men's National Team midfielder has signed a one-year deal with Club Leon in Liga MX.

¡Bienvenido Mr.@landondonovan!#SerFieraEsUnOrgullo pic.

Report: Manchester United, Liverpool eyeing Pulisic for summer transfer

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Rumors are spreading that Premier League clubs Manchester United and Liverpool are preparing to chase after U.S. Men's National Team standout Christian Pulisic this summer, according to the Independent.

The links to Merseyside are nothing new. Liverpool were reportedly interested in the teenager last summer, but a deal never materialized and he remained in Germany.

Pulisic: Hurt from missing World Cup 'will never go away'

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U.S. Men's National Team midfielder Christian Pulisic isn't ready to move on from the World Cup qualifying failure.

Pulisic sat down with ESPN to discuss, among other topics, the country's failure to qualify for next summer's World Cup in Russia. He says the pain from that 2-1 loss in Trinidad & Tobago will be with him for a long, long time.

US Soccer

MLS and young domestic players: Will anything change in 2018?

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 16, 2018) US Soccer Players - A war is quietly raging inside Major League Soccer. It's one that could have an enormous effect on the USMNT in both the short and long terms.

On one side stands a band of clubs and executives who remain cognizant of the league's founding principle of featuring and improving homegrown talent for the benefit of US soccer as a whole.

And away we go...

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As you've likely heard by now, US Soccer got a new president on Saturday, with Carlos Cordeiro winning on the third ballot. I'm sure everyone and their mother will jump in with a take on what that means as far as upsetting the status quo (which I thought was the game all along) over the coming days and weeks and years.

National team, or ‘seleccion’ for the USMNT

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 2 2018) US Soccer Players - Let's start by acknowledging the obvious: Sunday's 0-0 friendly draw vs. Bosnia & Herzegovina was no thing of beauty, and probably won't live long in the memories of many USMNT supporters.

Yes, it always matters when you don your country's colors and take the field in a competitive match.

USMNT 0 – Bosnia and Herzegovina 0 in January friendly

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USMNT coach Dave Sarachan reduced his squad from 29 to 20 players to take on Bosnia and Herzegovina on Sunday night at StubHub Center. The out of window friendly ended 0-0. Sarachan went with veteran players on the wings, starting Jordan Morris and Gyasi Zardes.

The USMNT struggled to establish a point of attack in the first-half.

USMNT newcomers try to catch a cap

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 26, 2018) US Soccer Players - 29 players took part in this year's USMNT January camp, a call-up that's an honor and opportunity unto itself. For all of them, the goal over the past two weeks is clear. They want a place on the game day roster for Sunday's friendly vs Bosnia & Herzegovina at StubHub Center (9:30pm ET - FS1).

Previewing the USMNT vs Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Trying to preview January USMNT friendlies always leans on the same broad topics. Inexperienced players getting time at full international level. Assessing those players in a lineup that might not feature many regular members of the squad. The strength of the opponent in a game played outside of a FIFA calendar window.

History: USMNT vs Bosnia and Herzegovina

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jan 22, 2018) US Soccer Players – The USMNT plays its first game of the year against Bosnia and Herzegovina. A part of the former Yugoslavia, the now-independent nation has a long sports history. The capital city of Sarajevo hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics, only to be engulfed in a brutally violent civil war less than a decade later that resulted in its independence.

Rubio Rubin talks USMNT camp and player development

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 19, 2018) US Soccer Players - Three years ago, Rubio Rubin seemed to have the world at his feet. A star of the USMNT U-17 squad, he won US Soccer's Young Male Athlete of the Year in 2012. Rubin made an ambitious move to Dutch Eredivisie side FC Utrecht when he turned 18, signing a four-year contract in March 2014.

Assessing the USMNT January Camp roster

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jan 15, 2018) US Soccer Players – A new year means a new start for the USMNT. 2018 is about the USMNT building on the positives and moving on from last year. A roster loaded with up-and-coming young players is together in Carson, California kicking off a transitional year for the USMNT.

USMNT interim coach Dave Sarachan on January camp

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The soccer news starts with the USMNT in camp in Carson. In a mixed zone session distributed to the media, USMNT interim coach Dave Sarachan spoke about the focus for January camp. With a group of 29 players looking for an opportunity in the wake of not qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, the coaching staff called in players who haven't gotten a lot of look at senior level.

U.S. Soccer

USMNT announces matches with France, Ireland, Paraguay

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The U.S. Men's National Team's 2018 schedule just became a bit more clear.

U.S. Soccer announced on Monday that the USMNT will take on Paraguay, France and Ireland ahead of this summer's World Cup. The U.S. will face Paraguay on March 27 in Cary, North Carolina before visiting Ireland and France on June 2 and 9, respectively.

Carlos Cordeiro begins U.S. Soccer presidency that will be defined by several big challenges

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The weeks and months of critiquing and campaigning are over and Carlos Cordeiro is the president of U.S. Soccer. The longtime executive and former federation vice president is now in charge, succeeding Sunil Gulati in the midst of one of the most turbulent times in American soccer history.

The race and election are over.

Cameron: U.S. Soccer 'got too comfortable'

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U.S. Men's National Team defender Geoff Cameron has a lot to say about the state of American soccer.

Cameron took to The Players' Tribune to express his desire for change in U.S. Soccer on Friday, the eve of a very contentious election for the federation's next president. In his piece, he calls out their complacency and backwards system as the reasons why the USMNT failed to make the upcoming World Cup in Russia and why this presidential election is so important for the future of the game.

DeAndre Yedlin: "Players are slipping through"

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Count DeAndre Yedlin among those who believe that talent in the United States is slipping through the cracks. Or in his words, the net.

Yedlin told NBC's Pro Soccer Talk in an interview on Wednesday that he thinks there are players across the country that the U.S. Men's National Team is not discovering.

Sunil Gulati critical of USSF presidential election's tone

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Sunil Gulati is not happy about the tone of the current USSF presidential election.

Speaking at the 2018 Youth Soccer Awards Gala in Philadelphia, Gulati expressed frustration with the way some of the candidates that are looking to replace him have campaigned. Gulati did not mention anyone by name specifically during his approximate 17-minute speech, but was critical of several of the promises that are being made.

Richie Williams refutes Jonathan Gonzalez residency recruitment report

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There are two sides to every story. Richie Williams' residency recruitment of Jonathan Gonzalez is no different.

Williams went on Sirius XM on Tuesday to refute ESPN's story that he had given Gonzalez and his family an ultimatum when trying to get the player to join the U.S. Soccer residency program a few years ago.

Report: U.S. Soccer never visited Jonathan Gonzalez at home

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Just when you thought the U.S. Soccer-Jonathan Gonzalez saga could not get any worse, a big bomb drops that paints an ugly picture for the American federation.

ESPN analyst Herculez Gomez said on Monday via the Max & Herc podcast that Thomas Rongen, U.S. Soccer's lone full-time scout, did not go and visit Gonzalez's home prior to the teenager's decision to switch allegiances from the U.

CJ Sapong

News roundup: C.J. Sapong returns to Union camp, Jim Curtin conference call, EPL Week 26 story-lines

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Goal scoring forward C.J. Sapong returns with team in Clearwater, FL. Head coach Jim Curtin began his weekly conference calls again Thursday afternoon. EPL Week 26 news. Why the sudden influx of South American players?

News Roundup: Union men on national team duty, the Crew Seek investors in Ohio, and a rough weekend for women’s soccer

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Also pre-season starts, the Fire plan a trip to Bavaria, and silly season gets down to business.

Bruce Arena

Geoff Cameron: 'Bruce Arena made decisions that cost us going to the World Cup'

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In the aftermath of the U.S. Men's National Team's World Cup qualification failure, Geoff Cameron has fired some scathing remarks at his former head coach.

In an interview with the New York Times, the Stoke City defender was very critical of former USMNT boss Bruce Arena, who opted to bench Cameron for the USMNT's final two qualifiers.

Geoff Cameron: 'Bruce Arena made decisions that cost us going to the World Cup'

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In the aftermath of the U.S. Men's National Team's World Cup qualification failure, Geoff Cameron has fired some scathing remarks at his former head coach.

In an interview with the New York Times, the Stoke City defender was very critical of former USMNT boss Bruce Arena, who opted to bench Cameron for the USMNT's final two qualifiers.

So... who's ready to be supremely annoyed?

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Actually, I probably under-sold this one; some of you will surely venture from mere annoyance into thunder-pissed territory. And no, this isn't about Bruce Arena's regrettable "bad eggs" 'n' social media explanation for the USMNT's World Cup qualifying disaster - even if I could dive into that mess with a weed-wacker.

Wil Trapp

USMNT 0, Bosnia and Herzegovina 0: The SBI Breakdown

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The U.S. Men's National Team played a match on Sunday. It wasn't a particularly good match and it wasn't a particularly fun match. Largely, it was boring, disjointed and stagnant, even for a January Camp conclusion.

Still, it was a match that created several talking points and left several impressions from a U.

SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Wil Trapp

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The U.S. Men's National Team played to a dull 0-0 draw with Bosnia and Herzegovina on Sunday in a game that taught us little about the potential prospects in the talent pool.

One of the players able to stand out among the pack was Columbus Crew midfielder Wil Trapp, who impressed enough during January camp to earn the captain's armband for the contest at the StubHub Center.

Bosnia & Herzegovina

USMNT plays Bosnia & Herzegovina to drab draw to close January Camp

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The annual January Camp game is never one for purists. It's largely devoid of flow and creativity as a new-look team jumps into preseason with a friendly that is largely meaningless on a team level.

Sunday's match was no different, as the U.S. Men's National Team battled Bosnia & Herzegovina to a 0-0 draw in a match that featured little flash.

USMNT looking to provide on-the-field positivity with first match of already-tumultuous 2018

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It hasn't been a good start to 2018 for the U.S. Men's National Team. It hasn't been for anything that's happened on the field but, with the Jonathan Gonzalez situation and all of the fallout that's come as a result, the first month of 2018 has been a frustrating one.

On Sunday, the U.S. can provide some measure of positivity.

Who Should the USMNT Start vs. Bosnia & Herzegovina?

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The annual January Camp friendly is always an odd one. Generally, it's a group of players that are just getting into playing shape playing together for the first time against a weakened opponent. It's a match that's sole purpose is to give a handful of players a chance to shine in a game that is always somewhat sloppy.

Jonathan Gonzalez

Sarachan: We 'honor' Gonzalez decision to represent Mexico

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As the U.S. Men's National Team convenes for its annual January camp, the specter of Jonathan Gonzalez's decision to play Mexico is still looming large over the program.

The 18-year-old midfielder, who decided to play for Mexico, earlier in the wee, was an expected conversation topic when USMNT interim boss Dave Sarachan addressed the media.

Mexico's te Kloese: Jonathan Gonzalez will not be the last

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Jonathan Gonzalez is just the latest high-profile player to choose between the U.S. Men's National Team and Mexico, and an El Tri executive insists that the midfielder's situation is one that will repeat itself in the future.

Mexican federation (FMF) director of national teams Dennis te Kloese says he doesn't expect Gonzalez to be the last Mexican-American to opt to represent El Tri on the international level.

Tab Ramos on Jonathan Gonzalez decision: If you feel Mexican, play for Mexico

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U.S. U-20 National Team head coach Tab Ramos has spoken out about Jonathan Gonzalez's choice to represent Mexico at the senior level.

"I do tell the kids here, you play for the U.S., it's not a club," Ramos told Goal.com. "You have to feel the colors of the country, that's really important.

Report: Jonathan Gonzalez officially files for switch to Mexico

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On Tuesday Jonathan Gonzalez confirmed his decision to switch his national allegiance to Mexico. On Wednesday, he reportedly sent in the paperwork.

According to ESPN FC, FIFA confirmed receiving Jonathan Gonzalez's one-time switch request. The switch would permanently tie Gonzalez to El Tri and is required after the midfielder played for the U.

The Rest

Landon Donovan wants an American coach for USMNT

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The U.S. Men's National Team head coaching search will go on throughout the year, but one former star has listed a few names he'd like to see in charge.

Landon Donovan went on the Sports Illustrated Planet Futbol podcast and discussed the ongoing USMNT rebuild, includingwho he feels should take the reins of the USMNT.

Report: Rubio Rubin in negotiations with MLS

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After bouncing around in Scandinavia for the last year. U.S. Men's National Team forward Rubio Rubin could be on his way to MLS.

The 21-year-old forward, who is currently taking part in the USMNT January camp, in working on a contract with MLS, per Goal.com. The forward is also reportedly drawing interest from Liga MX, although Goal reports MLS is the more likely destination.

Walker Zimmerman ready to face big 2018 with USMNT, LAFC

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It's a big year for many throughout American soccer, but 2018 will be a particularly interesting challenge for Walker Zimmerman.

On the club level, Zimmerman is now tasked with being the present and future of LAFC, a club that has pegged him as a potential defensive anchor for years to come.